Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mom Money-Saving Tip 9

When tomatoes are cheap and in season, buy lots of them. If/when they start to deteriorate, put them in the freezer naked (no protective wrapping). A few weeks later when you need a tomato for cooking, take one out and run it under hot water briefly. Peel off the skin with your fingers and cut away and discard any bad parts. Then chop with a heavy-duty knife and add it to whatever you’re cooking.

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  1. What a timely idea! I had no idea you could freeze tomatoes. And with tomatoes in season now and super cheap, this is great way to stock up on fresh tomatoes now to use for home made spagettis sauce in the fall.

    I think I will also try this for one of my favorite dishes-angel hair pasta with basil and tomatoes. Fresh frozen tomatoes should be just perfect in this dish.

  2. I forgot to add in my previous comment that the tomatoes should be chopped up in small pieces and cooked in the microwave with fresh basil leaves or dried leaves from your spice rack. A minute or two should do it, depending upon the power level of your microwave. Then mix into cooked angle hair pasta for a very tasty dish!

  3. Great idea! I find the off-season tomatoes often off-putting. Would freezing the tomatoes change the flavor or change the consistency of the tomatoes? I'm wondering what types of dishes I ought to limit these tomatoes to, post freezing. Thanks.

  4. Freezing does change the consistency. When the tomato thaws, it's mushy, so you need to cook it. Frozen tomatoes would be good for homemade spaghetti sauce or any casserole that would normally use cooked tomatoes.